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My Baby ran her first half-marathon!

My Baby {right} & her friend Lindsay stop for a picture at Mile 3

That’s right. My daughter is a rock star! After running a handful of 5Ks and one 10K, our daughter took on her first half-marathon and not only finished, but did it with a big smile on her face. Seriously… who runs 13.1 miles and still has a smile on her face? That’s right – My Baby!

TCP & the grandbabies bundled up

The Complete Package & I took Jonah Bear and Lilly Bug to the race so they could see Mommy run. Getting them up and dressed at 5:30am was not their idea of fun, but once we were out on the course staking a claim on a great vantage point (& unpacking breakfast snacks), they started to get more excited. It was freezing cold, or at least felt like it, but it was important to us to be there cheering from the sidelines and documenting her first half-marathon experience. It was so worth the cold and wind when the kids saw Mommy running up the street at Mile 3. I have to admit, I got excited, too. Once that first runner and his escort passed, it was a blur of runners for a good solid hour.

Here are a few snaps of the runners we cheered for until My Baby and her friend Lindsay ran past. I was amazed at the diversity of runners.

I don't know this girl, but she gets my vote for "Best Dressed in a Tutu"

This "Beer Run" sign was wildly popular with runners.

Oh, wait…. here they come! Here they come!

Coming into view at Mile 3 - all smiles and pure awesomeness

Hi, girls! We're all so proud of you two! Whoo Whoo!

This is where they stopped to have their picture taken (that first photo above). We were at the bell tower on Cesar Chavez near City Hall. It was a perfect vantage point for the early part of the race, and it was just far enough from the start line that they could shed their outer layer of clothing and leave it with us.

Once they were past us, we gathered up the kids, hit the port-o-potties (TCP has a special place in heaven now for taking 2 toddlers into portable toilets on a race course), took a stroll around downtown Austin, and made our way to the First Street bridge, where we saw the girls cross the river at Mile 8 – still smiling.

Matching hot pink shirts & black headbands made them easy to spot.

I snapped of a few quick shots of them coming across the river at Mile 8 before they spotted our son-in-law and his friend Marcus directly across the street from us. They rode their bikes to the race, and pretty much trailed the girls along the course. It turned out to be a perfect way for them to cheer the girls on, but also mule all the gel packs and energy bars they might need along the route.

My Baby stops for a gel break with her hubs {left} & their friend Marcus

It was right after this point that the kids hit the wall. Jonah Bear was tired and Lilly Bug was frozen like a popsicle. Her little hands were like ice. We agreed to meet the kids later for a post-race lunch and we headed home to give the babies a break and let them thaw out. At lunch, the girls celebrated with giant beers and a platter of carbs. They laughed at the looks they got walking into Pluckers in their full running gear and medals, but who cares? They had an awesome time, and met their goal – to finish together in under 3 hours. Their final time as they crossed the finish line side by side was 2:39:37.

Smile, ladies. You're about to win your 13.1 badge of honor.

I’m no expert, but I think that’s pretty awesome for a first half-marathon, and we couldn’t be more proud. As we celebrated over lunch, we asked our daughter if she would ever shoot for the full marathon. She immediately said, “Oh, no way! I can’t even imagine it!” Then I reminded her that she said the same thing about moving up from a 5K to a 10K, and from a 10K to the half-marathon. Her response? “Good point, Mom!”

So it’s settled. 2013 = 26.2. You might as well dream big.



Filed under Family Stuff, Miscellaneous Thoughts

Foodie PenPals: And so it begins…

Foodie PenPals logo from The Lean Green Bean Blog

Last month (via Twitter) I discovered the Foodie PenPals program. It’s a fabulous grass-roots effort created by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean Blog. What started as a small group of friends exchanging boxes has grown to over 200+ participants in the U.S. & Canada for February 2012. Participants are randomly matched each month and sent a spreadsheet of the month’s match-ups. As a member of Foodie PenPals, you agree to ship a box of your favorite things (regional or not – it’s your choice) within a set price limit to the person who was selected as your match. In turn, another participant will be given your name and will be sending you a box. All boxes are shipped before the 15th of each month, and all participants who blog agree to post a story on a designated day at the end of the month. Foodie PenPals is not just for bloggers, however. Anyone may be eligible to participate. In my case, my first match is not a blogger, so I’ll be sharing what I sent her as well as what I received in this post.

Participants are required to contact their match to arrange for a shipping address, as well as to find out if your recipient has any known food allergies or restrictions. After that, you’re off to shop for whatever you think your Foodie PenPal might like. I was very fortunate. My first match was Jacqueline from Kentucky. She had no food allergies, and pretty much likes a lot of the same things I do. She was a dream match and fantastic to work with. I did accidentally slip up and send her some jalapeno-stuffed olives after she clearly stated in her e-mail that she doesn’t like olives, but that was entirely my fault. When I was packing her box, I grabbed them from my pantry on a whim so she could try my Mexican Martini recipe. Luckily, she took it in stride and graciously explained that she had friends who would love them. Awesome!

Here’s what I sent to Jacqueline:

Box contents have been recreated; I forgot to snap a photo before I shipped it. Duh.

• 1 bag of my favorite chocolate chips – Guittard extra dark chocolate
• 2 bags of flavored coffee from two Texas coffee companies I love & support
• 2 cans of chilies – poblano peppers (mild to medium heat) and chipotle (hot)
• 1 jar of jalapeno stuffed olives (because sometimes I’m a bonehead)
• 1 jar of our favorite BBQ sauce from the Salt Lick BBQ in Austin, TX
• 1 box of our favorite rice – grown 20 min from us (sent box, not tub)
• 1 jar of homemade red plum jam I made this spring
• 1 small bottle of local Texas hill country honey
• 1 bag of pupper treats for her dog Lucy – from our Ziggy

Here’s what Jacqueline had to say about her box:
Thank you so very much for my wonderful box of goodies! Everything arrived safe and sound, and I’ve already killed some of the coffee. So delicious. And I will be all over the jam in the morning. I am so excited to dig in, and I think my first outing with the foodie penpals has been a success! Thank you SO much!

PS. Lucy’s sending lots of love to Ziggy for her awesome treats!”

Here’s what I received from the girl who received me as a match:

A box of organic goodness from Kayla at Sprouty Buns Blog

Kayla from Sprouty Buns Blog sent me my first Foodie PenPals box, and it came just in time for me to share the contents with our two grandkids – Jonah Bear & Lilly Bug – as we went to Austin to watch our daughter run in her first half-marathon (which, I’m happy to report, she finished with a smile on her face and a time of 2:39:49. Go, Baby, Go!). It was an awesome weekend.

Justin's Peanut Butter, Lara Bars & handwritten notes from Kayla

The kids got to share the Lara Bars, Justin’s Peanut Butter samples, and the animal crackers. The wasabi-coated dried edamame and the oatmeal crisps stayed home. I’m willing to share, but not when it comes to wasabi edamame or peas. I love those blazing hot little suckers! (Actually, I did try to share them with The Complete Package on Saturday night, but he said they were too hot for him. So I guess I do share occasionally. Rarely. Sometimes. Whatever.)

Wasabi will open your sinus cavities, which is convenient since I have a cold.

The oatmeal crisps are fabulous, too. They’re great for snacking as is, but they’re even better with a little squeeze or mound of peanut butter on top. How convenient, then, that Kayla thought to include 3 peanut butter sample packs. That Kayla – she’s a planner.

Granola Crisps - great for snacking; with or without peanut butter

As you can tell, my first round of boxes as a new member of Foodie PenPals was a roaring success. I loved my box of goodies from Kayla, and Jacqueline really seemed to enjoy her box from me. As a bonus, Jacqueline is now a new subscriber to my blog, which means this program brought two gifts – boxes of fun food AND new friends. If you’d like to join the fun, visit The Lean Green Bean Blog by clicking HERE and let Lindsay know you’d like to throw your name in the hat.

Remember, you don’t have to have a blog or even a Facebook or Twitter account. All you need is an e-mail and mailing address and an excitement to share your love of food with others. Will I see your name on the list next month? Will YOU be my next random match? How fun would that be? I can’t wait for next month!


Filed under Food & Recipes, Miscellaneous Thoughts